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Gender FEMALE
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Occupation Artist/Designer
Location MN
Introduction My fascination with beads goes back to my childhood. I specifically remember studying a tray of African trade beads that were sold at a small shop in my hometown. The fact that these little beads had traveled through many hands throughout the world, and survived the journey put me in a state of awe. There was also something about the fact they had not only been used for ornamental purposes but also for the practical purposes of monetary exchange that grasped my attention. Now, decades later, I think of those beads when I am purchasing, designing, and stringing beads to make rosaries. As an artist and designer, I have often struggled with the purpose of what I create. Through the rosary, I have learned that art can be a tool for prayer and meditation. My hope and prayer is that, in some small way, the beads that I have created will also help others on their journey. No, rosaries and prayer beads are not a necessity for Christian prayer, but they can serve a practical purpose. They can be tools to help ground us in the biblical truths of our Christian faith and help us find the centering presence of God in our lives.